Police searching for man who beat homeowner, stole pit bull puppy

ATLANTA — Police need help tracking down a man they said attacked a resident inside his home and then stole his dog.

It happened inside an apartment along Penn Avenue NE in the early hours of Aug. 29.

Police said the renter of the home had met a man whom he invited back to the apartment. At some point in the evening, the man went to the bathroom and when he came back out, pulled out a gun.

“As he got on the ground, he grabbed the barrel of the gun but was unsuccessful at retrieving it from the unknown male,” a police report said.

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Home surveillance video shows the resident then struggle with the attacker, trying to get the gun out of his hands and then the attacker pistol-whipped the resident, hitting him several times in the head with the gun.

Police said that was when the attacker ran out the back door and as he was leaving, he grabbed the cage that had the renter’s puppy, Buddy, in it.

“The unknown male was last seen heading south on Penn Avenue NE towards Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, on foot carrying a black small crate with a pit bull puppy inside and a duffle bag,” the report said.

Police have released photos of the suspect, as well as the puppy.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

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